Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Dirt Eaters by H. D. Timmons

The Dirt Eaters by H. D. Timmons is a short story approximately 15 pages in length, which I was able to download to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Dirt Eaters by H. D. Timmons.

Even though The Dirt Eaters by H. D. Timmons is a very short read, I found it to be well written and was a good read with an unexpected ending.

I've heard that there are some women that eat/crave dirt when they are pregnant... But I didn't know there is a term for eating substances like dirt, etc. that have no nutritional value called Pica... Or that the term geophagia refers to the specific practice of eating dirt, chalk, or clay until reading The Dirt Eaters by H. D. Timmons. The topic of pica/geophagia does make for an interesting storyline.

The following is a plot summary for The Dirt Eaters by H. D. Timmons from Amazon:
Set in the 1960s of America's rural south, a young African American woman is forced to reckon with her cultural eating disorder of eating dirt.
I am giving The Dirt Eaters by H. D. Timmons a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Joyce Maynard ~ Author Speaking Event!!



The San Ramon Public Library has has some really cool author events and book signings this past quarter!

On the evening of Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, author, Joyce Maynard, spoke at the San Ramon Public Library and signed copies of her books afterward.

I've yet to read anything written by Joyce Maynard, but had heard of her as a writer before attending the speaking engagement two evenings ago.

I really enjoyed attending Joyce Maynard's speaking event... It was a lot of fun and Ms. Maynard had a lot of fun things to share with those of us who attended her talk.

Joyce Maynard started out by having us watch a short video and then went on to discussing her most recently published memoir titled, The Best of Us, which focuses on her marriage and the passing away of her husband due to pancreatic cancer. She then did a short reading of The Best of Us.

The bulk of the evening was Joyce Maynard interacting with the audience by asking us to ask her questions and then answering them. I learned a lot about Ms. Maynard... Like the fact that she has been writing and publishing her writing since she was 14 years old! I also learned that Joyce Maynard received a scholarship to attend Yale University, but dropped out during her freshman to live with author J. D. Salinger! Her memoir At Home In The World is about her relationship with J. D. Salinger.

Above is a picture of me taken with Joyce Maynard after she signed copies of her books for me. I now have signed copies of Under The Influence (novel), Labor Day (novel), and At Home In The World (memoir). Joyce Maynard drew pictures inside each of the books she signed for me. I look forward to reading each of the novels!

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Witch by Willow Monroe

Christmas Short Story
It's the count down to Christmas, so I couldn't resist reading some holiday themed short stories!

So, I decided to read Christmas Witch by Willow Monroe, which is a mystery short story approximately 53 pages in length.

I was able to download Christmas Witch by Willow Monroe to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Christmas Witch by Willow Monroe.

I chose this short story as I have been in the mood to read some holiday themed reads for Christmas. I felt the Christmas Witch by Willow Monroe was a decent read. Not that much to my liking, but passable enough. The storyline and characters just didn't suit my personal taste very much.

The following is a plot summary for Christmas Witch by Willow Monroe from Amazon:
A gift that keeps on giving…or not.
Trinket Banks is enjoying her first Christmas in Jagged Grove, even with her reluctant husband Angelo along for the ride. They’re still married, thanks to an evil warlock and a binding spell, and Angelo has promised to make it snow in Jagged Grove, just for her.
Trinket can’t wait.
But thoughts of snow and shopping fall by the wayside when Bilda and Rain start handing out enchanted Christmas cookies. The cookies are supposed to bring luck for the coming New Year, but this batch turns everyone in Jagged Grove into a scrooge.
Now Trinket and Angelo have to figure out what happened and fix the goof before Christmas is ruined forever.
I am giving Christmas Witch by Willow Monroe a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fowl Play by P Bodi

Cozy Mystery Short Story
Fowl Play by P Bodi is a cozy mystery short story approximately 46 pages in length.

I was able to download Fowl Play by P Bodi to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Fowl Play by P Bodi.

I love animals and cozy mysteries, so I was delighted to read Fowl Play by P Bodi. It is a cute cozy mystery short story despite being a bit predictable.

The following is a plot summary for Fowl Play by P Bodi from Amazon:
Being a single woman owning and operating the only pet store in town can get pretty lonely. After a rough day at the shop, Leah decided she could use some human interaction and good conversation with some friends. After closing the shop for the day she met some friends at the local restaurant. The following morning after her fun night out with friends, Sheriff Burt shows up at her store with an animal emergency. Could it be related to a murder?
I am giving Fowl Play by P Bodi a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Joy by Celina Grace

Mystery Short Story
It's the count down to Christmas, so I couldn't resist reading some holiday themed short stories!

So, I decided to read Joy by Celina Grace, which is a mystery short story approximately 52 pages in length.

I was able to download Joy by Celina Grace to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Joy by Celina Grace.

Joy by Celina Grace started out to be a very promising read. All was going really well until this short story ended very abruptly! Wow, what a BIG disappointment to say the least... One can only assume what the eventual outcome of several events will be, but there were just too many loose ends and not enough answers to make Joy by Celina Grace a satisfactory read. 

The following is a plot summary for Joy by Celina Grace from Amazon:
The last person Detective Sergeant Kate Redman wants to see while she's doing her Christmas shopping is habitual petty thief and homeless alcoholic Charlie Petworth. While she knows that Charlie steals small things in part to get a warm bed for the night, it's still annoying, particularly in the season of good will.
Then a far more serious crime occurs and Kate realises that Charlie might well be involved. But why would he go from stealing a packet of flower seeds to stealing a little toddler? And is there more to this case than at first meets the eye?
I am giving Joy by Celina Grace a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars. I am only giving this short story such a high rating as it started out so well.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Playing At Murder by Gillian Larkin

Cozy Mystery Short Story
Playing At Murder by Gillian Larkin is a cozy mystery short story by a new to me author. It is approximately 55 pages in length.

I was able to download Playing At Murder by Gillian Larkin for FREE to my Kindle from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiaseed review of Playing At Murder by Gillian Larkin.

I really enjoyed reading Playing At Murder by Gillian Larkin!! I never know what to expect from new to me authors or from short stories... But I really enjoyed the storyline, writing, dialogue between characters, the characters themselves, and the pace of the story itself and how the story unfolded. So, I'd say that Playing At Murder by Gillian Larkin was a hit!

The following is a plot summary for Playing At Murder by Gillian Larkin from Amazon:
It’s always been a dream of Connie Butterworth’s to be a private investigator. Now that she’s retired, she makes that dream a reality and sets herself up as an investigator.With reluctant help from her sister-in-law, Sable, Connie takes on her first client. 
What starts out as a simple case of tracking down a missing person soon turns into an intriguing case of deception, phone hacking and murder.
I am giving Playing At Murder by Gillian Larkin a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.


My list features books that I not only gave a high rating, but would also reread again in a heartbeat!

1. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
2. The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
3. The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers
4. Kentucky on the Rocks by Gwendolyn Grace
5. Bone Deep by Bonnie Dee (Read this book twice this year!!)
6. Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame
7. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
8. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
9. Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera
10. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Which books were your favorites in 2017??

Monday, December 11, 2017

Mango Cake and Murder by Christy Murphy

Cozy Mystery Novella
I enjoy reading cozy mystery novels, so I decided to read Mango Cake and Murder by Christy Murphy, which is a novella approximately 162 pages in length.

Mango Cake and Murder by Christy Murphy is the first novella in the 'Mom and Christy's Cozy Mysteries' series.

I was able to download Mango Cake and Murder by Christy Murphy to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Mango Cake and Murder by Christy Murphy.

I enjoyed reading this cozy mystery novella featuring a mother daughter duo who are caterers and also amateur sleuths! I did think it was a bit odd that the mom, Jo, did seem to know things with so much certainty that it was a tad over the top... Or how Jo was able to get the murderer to confess to murder in front of a police detective was also a bit over the top as well... However, Mango Cake and Murder by Christy Murphy did make for an entertaining read, so I will give it that.

The following is a plot summary for Mango Cake and Murder by Christy Murphy from Amazon:
What do you get when you combine mango cake, murder, and Mom?

An unlikely recipe for a better life!

When Mom convinces Christy to ditch her "lousy" job and help with the catering business, their fledgling partnership suffers a few setbacks. One of them can't cook, they're short a catering van, and the guest of honor at their first party is murdered.That would be bad enough, but then, Christy's cousin, Celia, becomes the prime suspect.

Solving a murder is no easy task, but when drunken death threats, a dashing detective, and terrifying taxidermy are added into the mix, the case becomes almost impossible to crack. Who knew a small town like Fletcher Canyon could be filled with so much craziness?

Will the disaster-prone duo find the real killer before Celia's reputation is destroyed, or will Celia end up in prison for murder? Find out in this quick comedy cozy!

This novella is the first book in the Mom and Christy's Cozy Mysteries series, and is a complete mystery that you can read in an hour or two. It does NOT contain strong language or graphic violence. But it does contain a cute cat!
I am giving Mango Cake and Murder by Christy Murphy a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my nest post, happy reading!

Bookcrossing Goodies + New Book!



As usual, I am feeling blessed to be part of the Bookcrossing community! 

Over the weekend, I received a small package of goodies from another Bookcrosser in Pennsylvania, who sent me a bunch of Bookcrossing supplies and also the novel from my reading wishlist titled, The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Novel of War and Survival by Louise Murphy. How cool is that!?